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Open Letter to (Remaining) Candidates - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
January 23rd, 2008
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Open Letter to (Remaining) Candidates
Last I counted, from the readership of this journal, there were approximately zero declared presidential candidates. I might be wrong, and if so, here's your opportunity to soapbox for my vote.

The following three situations illustrate variants on one basic gripe - perhaps I'm advocating a Libertarian take on the social contract, and if so, I can understand most of the remaining... zero... mainstream candidates not taking a position.


  • Take your shoes off - I can understand the various safeguards being added to commercial flights each being sensible when viewed on their own, but haven't we crossed the point of asking too much of the flying public? Sure, lithium ion batteries in the cargo hold might catch fire, but adding to the hassle at checkin seems like a facile half-solution to the problem. Candidates: on a scale from 1 to 10, how ridiculous are the current flight restrictions?

  • Think of the children - a few times every election cycle, some computer game comes out with adult content, and someone says "oh, look at what the video game industry is trying to sell to our children". Typically, this same content, were it on TV or in a movie, would be considered tame. Still, there are advocates that would insist that all games be required to be acceptable for all audiences. Candidates: on a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you oppose censorship, including for console and computer games?

  • Sniffling, Sneezing... - pseudoephedrine is a popular ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine. It also used to be a popular ingredient in effective cold medicines. I know what a cost/benefit analysis is, and it seems that whoever decided that removing easy access to pseudoephedrine was a little to eager to buy a minor improvement in the meth war at the cost of increased suffering by a nation of rhinovirus infectees. Candidates: on a scale from 1 to 10, how quickly will you restore my access to decongestants that work?


So, yeah, my stance on these issues is pretty focused on individual liberties, but I think in each case, something like 99 out of a hundred are being unduly burdened for the good of the whole.

In the off chance that you disagree, feel free to show your work that indicates that the benefit exceeds the existing cost. Spelling, neatness, and arithmetic all count, of course.

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From:cailleanlarkin
Date:January 23rd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
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I completely agree with you on all of these, but especially on the sniffling and sneezing bit. I'm fine with moving Sudafed et al behind the pharmacy counter and having it be just a smidge harder for meth freaks to get their hands on it (though let's be serious, if they're hellbent on doing it, they'll find a way, and if it's not meth, it's gonna be something else eventually, so really, where does it end?). I'm not fine with being denied the ability to access perfectly adequate drugs for perfectly legitimate reasons. The FDA had already deemed that pseudoephedrine was safe enough to be considered an OTC drug; there's no reason to penalize the entirety of law-abiding cold-sufferers because of a few bad apples.

I say this right now because I have had a cold for about 6 days now, and I was lucky enough that my boyfriend had a mostly full box of Sudafed that had been purchased about six months or so ago. It's been my saving grace, not even kidding.

This post parallels well one that I will be making tomorrow, regarding what's important for candidates to know we care about (I got a survey from the Democratic National Committee asking me for my opinion, and I'm curious about what's important to my friends), so tune in tomorrow!
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From:tsmaster
Date:January 23rd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm a little dissatisfied that I mixed the game censorship in with the other two issues - in that case, we don't have overprotective policies in place that I'd have removed, but I'm very concerned that we easily could.

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From:scoreboard
Date:January 24th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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I endorse outsourcing all airline security to the Brits and the Israelis. I also endorse very hard drugs in all their forms, and my official policy with regard to movies, video games, and the like is "Children Schmildren," with the sole caveat that armed bouncers with spears should be checking ID at the movie theater. Not that I care whether the kids see the flicks or not, I just want to sit through a picture without paroxysms of teen angst at something that couldn't wait until after the big giant robot finishes taking a leak on the FBI agent.

(yeah, I'm still not feeling good about Transformers. So sue me.)

In addition, I firmly adhere to all the positions espoused by the People Against Marching. I would also like to point out that as a 35-year-old, I am in fact constitutionally qualified to run the country, given that we (OBVIOUSLY) make no provision to weed out rednecks, morons, shitheads, Tennessee fans (but I repeat myself) and other persons of no background.

So vote for me! ME, dammit! It's time to make the White House the "What The--" House!!!

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